Present Simple Future

In this lesson, I explain how you can use the present simple to talk about the future. I also highlight an idiom that I use in the example video.

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Present Simple for Future Events

In the example I gave, I said the following:

…we fly in about an hour and a half, so at the moment we’re just killing time.

As flights are on a schedule, we can use the present simple. That is why I said, “we fly…” for a future action. Here are some more examples:

  • Hurry! The movie starts in 10 minutes!
  • The sale ends tomorrow.
  • We leave at 6 A.M. (train)
  • We’re leaving at 6 A.M. (car)

In the last example, I used the present continuous. This is because when we travel by car, this isn’t on a specific timetable.

Additionally, in the video, I used an idiom – to kill time. This means to do something to stay busy while waiting for something else to happen. I was killing time in the airport by making videos, playing with my son, and using my phone.

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